How the Bookies See it:
- Wayne Rooney: 1/5 - Coral
- Gary Cahill: 7/1 - Coral
- Joe Hart: 12/1 - Coral
- Chris Smalling: 14/1 - Coral
- Jack Wilshere: 16/1 - Coral
- Jordan Henderson: 16/1 - Coral
- Wayne Rooney has been England’s main man on the pitch since Steven Gerrard retired from international duty following a disappointing 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The 30-year-old is by far the most experienced Englishman currently available for selection with 115 caps and 53 goals to his name. Away from the international scene, Rooney has plenty of leadership experience, having taken over the Manchester United captaincy in 2014.
- Gary Cahill has plenty of big-game experience, having made 250 top-flight appearances for both Bolton Wanderers and Chelsea. The central defender was named as vice-captain by former England manager Roy Hodgson in September 2014, but had to wait until October 2015 to finally receive the armband for the first time. The 30-year-old has made 47 appearances for his country, so is unlikely to be phased on the world’s stage.
- Joe Hart has made a name for himself as one of the world’s best goalkeepers having made over 260 appearances for Manchester City both domestically and in Europe. The 29-year-old has been part of the Three Lions’ set up since 2008, amassing 63 caps in that time, but a number of errors at Euro 2016 could call his place in the starting XI into question.
- Chris Smalling’s career in football has seen him rise up through the leagues at an alarming pace. Just nine years ago, the 26-year-old was playing football for Maidstone United in the Isthmian League Premier Division and now the defender has 29 caps for his country. Smalling has established himself as a regular in the Three Lions’ team, having all but sent Everton's Phil Jagielka into international retirement, but lacks any real leadership experience at club or international level.
- Jack Wilshere may only be 24, but has played 34 times for England, a total that would certainly be higher if it wasn’t for an abundance of injuries over the last few years. The midfielder was a surprise inclusion in Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2016 squad and struggled to adapt to the pace of tournament throughout, but there is no doubting that the Arsenal man remains a superb footballing talent when he is fit to play.
- Jordan Henderson may be the captaincy candidate with the least international experience with just 26 caps, but the midfielder has proved that he is leadership material. The 26-year-old stepped quite comfortably into the sizeable shoes left at Liverpool by Steven Gerrard in 2015 and has donned the armband for England’s under-21s on a number of occasions, including at the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championships in 2013.
Following the appointment of Sam Allardyce as England manager, Wayne Rooney quickly made it clear that he was determined to remain a key part of the England set-up, undoubtedly hinting to his new boss that he desperately wants to keep his armband. However, Big Sam has declared that it is ‘far too early’ to say whether the Manchester United striker will act as his voice on the pitch, possibly suggesting that the new gaffer could look elsewhere.
Rooney is the overwhelming favourite amongst the bookmakers to retain the England captaincy at 1/5, but if you’re looking for an outside bet, keep an eye on Gary Cahill and Jordan Henderson. Both men have the experience needed to lead a team out on the pitch and could breathe new life into Allardyce’s England.
- Sport’s.net top tip: Next Permanent England Captain - Gary Cahill – 7/1 - Coral
*Please note, odds may fluctuate.